Transfer Ubuntu Windows Dual Boot Installation to New Hard Drive

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One might need to upgrade his/her system with a new hard drive. The physical installation of a hard drive is usually the easy part, transferring all the programs and data and setting to the new hard drive is where the things get tiring and repetitive if you do the entire thing manually.It gets even more complicated if you are dual booting with Windows and a *nix version (e.g. Ubuntu, Fedora, OpenSUSE). I mean who would like to install Windows first on the machine and then install all the applications, then install Ubuntu again and then do all package installation one by one. That would mean wasting several hours of your valuable time.

Solution is easy and free via Disk Cloning software like Clonezilla. The detailed description of how to use Clonezilla to perform disk to disk cloning or saving a disk image or restoring from a disk or partition image is given here.

While the procedure is very simple and straightforward, there is something you need to remember. The target hard drive should be equal to larger than the original drive, if you want the direct disk to disk cloning to work. You can use Clonezilla to clone just Windows installations as well.

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